Tasters from the King's Table

The What and the How

"What I speak, I speak as the Father has told me" (John 12:50).

The Lord is our life and our example. He never did anything for himself, but always did the will of God.

In this verse it is clear that He received everything from the Father, both the message and how to say it . That is the what ( "What I speak"), and how ( "I speak as the Father has told me").

His words were inspired, his message smelled of the unique fragrance of heaven, the multitudes were ecstatic listening to him. The poor were comforted, the proud were confronted with their sin. The what ofthe Lord was from heaven, not from the earth.

However, the how had the same origin. What was the tone of His speech, the tone of His words, the emphasis in pronouncing each sentence? What were His mannerisms? What was His gaze like as he spoke?

Such details are not recorded in the Gospels, except His annoyances with the Pharisees and scribes and the groans of His spirit. We do not know much about it, but what is clear from these words is that all that He did, he did as the Father told him. That is, the waythe manner of speaking.

This how of Christ made such an impact that, the officials said, "Never did a man speak like this man."

Among the preachers whom we have seen there is so much diversity of manners and styles, it's easy to see them reflected in the personality of each. But what shall we say of our Lord? Was it just His personality that was being reflected in the way He said His words? Was it just the legacy of Mary, his mother?

The what and how of the words of Jesus Christ were the what and the how of God. May the Lord help us to say the right things in the right way, to the glory of God.

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